Gardening doesn’t require a large number of specialized tools, a fact that makes tempting you with new products a constant challenge. If gardening were solely a matter of routine maintenance, one could get by with a relatively sparse tool set. Fortunately, most reading this letter view it as an activity to be anticipated and enjoyed (outside of blackfly season) and have developed an appreciation for well-designed, functional tools. The numerous requests for additions we receive on an ongoing basis keep us happily occupied with product sourcing and design throughout the year.
One long-requested addition to our catalog is really a subtraction – we now offer a number of excellent garden gloves singly, as well as in pairs. Many gardeners have found that they wear out the glove on their dominant hand first and, being a thrifty lot (and perhaps lacking suitably sized friends of opposite handedness), want to replace a single glove. This is now possible.
A second fulfilled request is the Trench Digger on page 151. With a design based on a Swedish tool for fighting forest fires, it has rapidly become a favorite of all who have tried it. For most, it’s much more appropriate than either a mattock or a pick and is uniquely designed to suit its purpose. Burying lines, hose or tile requires far less soil removal using this tool.
What you won’t find in this catalog is a long-time personal favorite, a 14-inch slot screwdriver, once grabbed in haste to pry out a dandelion, and in service ever since as a grubbing tool. We’re still working up the nerve to catalog that one.
Robin C. Lee